LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — Ray Manzarek, the founding keyboardist of The Doors, died Monday morning of bile duct cancer in Germany, according to a post on the group’s official Facebook page. Manzarek was 74.
Manzarek died at 12:31 p.m. at the RoMed Clinic in Rosenheim, Germany surrounded by his wife, Dorothy, and his brothers, Rick and James.READ MORE: $50,000 Reward Offered For Clues In 2016 Murder Of DeAndre Hughes In Front Of His Watts Home
Manzarek was best known for his work with the Doors after a chance encounter on Venice Beach with poet Jim Morrison, according to the Facebook post. The controversial rock group sold more than 100 million albums worldwide.READ MORE: Motorcyclist Killed In Horrific Crash In West Hills
“I was deeply saddened to hear about the passing of my friend and bandmate Ray Manzarek today,” Doors’ guitarist and long-time collaborator Robby Krieger said. “I’m just glad to have been able to have played Doors songs with him for the last decade. Ray was a huge part of my life and I will always miss him.”
Manzarek, who went on to become a best-selling author and a Grammy-nominated solo artist, survived by his wife, brothers, son Pablo Manzarek and three grandchildren.MORE NEWS: Annie Awards Ceremony Postponed, Moved To Virtual Format Due To COVID
In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that donation be made in Ray Manzarek’s name to standup2cancer.org.